Rangers RHP Dempster out for personal reasons

Ryan Dempster is going to have to wait a little longer to make

another start in his native Canada.

The right-hander will miss his scheduled start for the Texas

Rangers on Saturday at Toronto due to personal reasons.

Dempster, who is from British Columbia, was slated to make his

first start in Canada since opening day for the Marlins at Montreal

on April 2, 2002. He went 5-0 in eight career appearances in

Montreal, but has never pitched in Toronto.

Recently demoted starter Roy Oswalt will take Dempster’s place

against the Blue Jays.

The Rangers placed Dempster on the restricted list Friday and

recalled rookie outfielder Leonys Martin from Triple-A Round Rock.

The AL West leaders didn’t offer any further explanation for

Dempster’s absence and said he was expected to rejoin the team


Dempster has struggled since he was acquired in a trade with the

Chicago Cubs on July 31. He is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts

for Texas.

He got a no-decision in his Texas debut when the Rangers beat

the Los Angeles Angels 15-9, but was hit hard by the AL

East-leading Yankees in an 8-2 loss on Monday. His only win with

Texas came at Boston’s Fenway Park, where he allowed three unearned

runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win on Aug. 7.

Martin has appeared in 15 games this season, batting .189 with

no homers and five RBIs.

Oswalt was bumped from the rotation when the Rangers acquired

Dempster. A three-time All-Star, Oswalt is 4-2 with a 6.53 ERA

since signing with Texas in late May, appearing in relief three

times after making six starts.